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Released: “Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air” for the Kindle Fire April 7, 2012

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(Hunterdon County, New Jersey; Saturday 7 April 2012) Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air was released for the Kindle Fire.

“The book is an anthology which presents the power of audio theatre,” said William E. Spear, playwight and producer. “In addition to three complete complete scripts, and an excerpt of a fourth, synopses, character descriptions and a glossary of audio theatre terms are also included.”

Work has begun on formatting the e-book for other readers and further details will be announced here.



Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: e-book release April 2, 2012

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Well it’s come to this – Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air is being published as an e-book. We couldn’t be more thrilled.

Presented as “an anthology of audio theatre writing,” the offical release date has not yet been set. However, according to the e-book’s author and publisher, William E. Spear, “we are looking at dates which would be attractive for the 2012 holiday season.”

Expanded details will be available here.


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LA Theatre Works: Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn on Saturday 5 December December 5, 2009

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This weekend, beginning Saturday, December 5, L.A. Theatre Works will air Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn. The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Saturday from 10 pm to midnight on KPCC 89.3 FM, and can also be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/.

Table Manners, the first battle in Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests trilogy in which England’s famous seducer of other men’s wives lays siege to his sister-in-law, stars Rosalind Ayres, Ken Danziger, Martin Jarvis, Jane Leeves, Christopher Neame, and Carolyn Seymour. The broadcast includes interviews with Alan Ayckbourn and Martin Jarvis.

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston, MA; 91.5 WBEZ, Chicago, IL; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle, WA; 90.1 WABE, Atlanta, GA; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley, CA; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco, CA); 89.1 KVPR, Fresno, CA; 89.3 KPRX, Bakersfield, CA; and many other stations nationwide.

Major funding for L.A. Theatre Works’ broadcast series is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting non-profit organizations and their work in the community.

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Two Characters Collide and a Play is Made August 16, 2009

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Author publishes, dedicates, and tweets “It Suits Her”

08.08.2009 – Clinton Township, New Jersey USA — William E. Spear and Two Plus Plus Productions LLC have published a new play titled “It Suits Her.” “It’s about two lives that collide in an unlikely setting – a tailor’s shop,” said Spear. He has also dedicated it to friends and colleagues.


The story’s main character is Argosy “Maxie” Hills, an actor desperately trying to resurrect his career after years of drinking. He’s late for an audition and wants to wear his best suit. But it’s inside a tailor’s shop that has just closed for the evening.

The assistant manager of the shop is Celia Court. Years ago, she left the stifling circumstances of her family to pursue a college education. She despises her job but needs it to pay for her education. “Celia, ‘Ceel’ to her friends, is one more mistake away from being fired. Without her job, she won’t be able to finish her studies,” said Spear.

Maxie pleads with her to re-open the shop, and after a lengthy argument, convinces her to give him his suit. But the auditions are long over. Also, when the owner of the shop sees it’s not closed, he fires Ceel. Although their careers are seemingly over and their futures hold nothing obvious, the initial clash between Maxie and Ceel blossoms into respect, and ultimately, a warm friendship.


The themes of respect and friendship are also the basis for the author’s dedication. “During the last four years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the funniest and most creative people I’ve ever met. We all work at Kohl’s in Flemington, New Jersey. The intelligence and humor that walks around the store at any given moment is like a comedic, improvisational ensemble disguised as a retail department store. ‘It Suits Her’ is dedicated to friends and colleagues from the store,” said Spear.

Publishing and Marketing

The script is available through Scribd, an online social publishing company. Spear had used the firm to publish an earlier work titled “Swing for the Fences – Episode One” with satisfactory results. Other publishers such as Random House and Simon & Schuster are also making books available through Scribd.

To market the play, Spear integrated Twitter into his efforts. “We wanted to quickly raise the awareness of ‘It Suits Her’ and get it read,” said Spear. “The play went from a readership of zero to over 750 in two days. Plus, Scribd featured it and 50 readers downloaded it.”

The play may continue to be read or downloaded for free until September 30, 2009 when it will be bundled into Spear’s upcoming anthology titled “Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Holiday Delights.”

About William E. Spear

Mr. Spear is President of Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in Clinton, New Jersey. The firm has published audio theatre plays since 2006. With its forthcoming collection titled “Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Holiday Delights,” the firm has added short stories to its portfolio. Two Plus Plus Productions LLC, and its sister publication, Lit Between the Ears, may be found on the web at www.TwoPlusPlus.com . He may be contacted at Two.Plus.Plus.Productions@gmail.com .

“It Suits Her” may be found on the web at http://www.scribd.com/doc/18082545/It-Suits-Her . It may be read or downloaded for free until September 30, 2009.

Spear’s tweets may be followed at www.twitter.com/WilliamESpear .

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StarStruck: A Benefit for “Gentleman Gene” Colan on Saturday August 15 August 14, 2009

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Contact info:

Elaine Lee – toelainelee@verizon.net

Lance Roger Axt – playitbyearproductions@yahoo.com

On August 15, 2009, the off-Broadway science-fiction comedy StarStruck by Elaine Lee, Susan Norfleet Lee, and Dale Place, basis for the 1980’s comic book series by Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta (who provided set and costume designs for the original production), will be presented for the first time in 25 years as an audio theatre-style live reading at the famed Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA.

Proceeds from the reading will help pay the medical bills of comics legend Gene Colan, the bills stemming from his bout with liver failure in 2007 and 2008. Colan is best known for his distinctive artwork on such titles as Iron Man, Daredevil, Batman, and Tomb of Dracula (from which the character Blade was introduced).

The reading will employ pre-recorded sound effects and live effects performed by a team of foley artists, coupled with composer Dwight Dixon’s music from the original off-Broadway production.


“Absolutely ecstatic” say Lance Roger Axt

Play it by Ear Productions, an audio theatre company in Pacific Grove, CA, will produce the event under the direction of Producing Director Lance Roger Axt. “I’m absolutely ecstatic that this is finally going to happen; speaking as both a longtime comics fan and a theatre artist, I’ve wanted to do something with this play for over a decade.

“And helping Gene and Adrienne Colan is an added bonus; they are two great people, and I’m more than happy to lend a hand.”

The performance also serves a second purpose: to test the timing of the piece before a live audience, which will ultimately serve a subsequent studio recording.

A StarStruck radio series is in development, the first piece being an audio adaptation of the off-Broadway comedy, to be recorded in Maine.

The series will be produced by the new AudioComics production company (of which Axt is a co-founder), who will be working directly with Lee and Kaluta on both the adaptation and on several new StarStruck pieces written specifically for the medium of audio.

The Henry Miller Library: www.henrymiller.org.


About StarStruck

Both a stage play (created by Emmy-nominated actress and writer Elaine Lee, and written by Lee, Susan Norfleet Lee and Dale Place) and a cult comic series (by Elaine Lee and renowned fantasy artist, Michael Wm. Kaluta), StarStruck was first presented at Network Theatre in New York City in 1980, and again at TOMY in 1983.

As the play opens, Captain Galatia 9 and the crew of the Harpy blast into space on a mission for the United Federation of Female Freedom Fighters. Flying with the amazon captain are a hotheaded Space Brigadier, a renegade nun, an empathic fish-woman and a reprogrammed pleasure droid who serves as science officer. When the Harpy runs into a living ship inhabited by a team of galactic evildoers, the outcome of the battle may well decide the fate of the free universe.

On the cusp of the benefit reading, an equally exciting announcement is to come regarding the StarStruck comic series’ return to print. Truly, 2009 is the year of the Female Freedom Fighters! Up the Brigades!


About Play it by Ear Productions

Based on the Central Coast of California, Play it by Ear Productions is an award-winning not-for-profit audio theatre production company devoted to the development, production, and distribution of original plays for radio broadcast, the internet, and compact disc.

In addition to the “We Have Ignition” series of plays, Play it by Ear also has two live performance components exclusive to the Central Coast, “Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear” and “A Signal to Noise.” Web address: www.playitbyearproductions.org


About AudioComics

Under the direction of Producers Lance Roger Axt, William Dufris, and Dan Bernard, AudioComics provides superior audio entertainment with its professional full-cast audio theatre adaptations of licensed and original properties from the world of comic books, graphic novels, and more.

AudioComics productions of classic, contemporary and world premiere properties will reach new audiences far beyond readers and comic book fans through the universally popular entertainment medium of multi-track recorded sound and music on CD and in downloadable form, accessible in today’s market with today’s sound. Web address: (forthcoming) www.audiocomics.wordpress.com
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